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You're Going to Love Houston

The largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S.A., at first sight Houston seems imposing, but it’s all an illusion. It may be a massive city, but on the ground, Houston is welcoming and down to earth.

It’s the kind of city that you have to immerse yourself in. Attend open-air festivals like Fiestas Patria, watch the best BBQ chefs in the world compete at the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, or listen to Indie and dance acts at the annual Free Press Summer Fest.

Dine on Tex-Mex or BBQ dishes in the Historic District, head to Montrose to check out the bars and drain a few Texas Sipper cocktails, or tap along to roots rock and roll at McGonigel's Mucky Duck.

But Houston isn’t just about dining, drinking, music, and parties. It’s also a city of culture, with award-winning theatrical troupes like the Alley Theatre, an opera house, classical music concerts, and museums for all the family. All of this makes Houston a truly exceptional vacation destination.

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Houston is the perfect spring and fall destination. Between March and June, the city’s weather is warm, but not as brutally hot as it can become in July and August. March is a great month to visit, as Houston host’s its International Children’s Festival and the city’s major rodeo comes to town.

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Where to Stay in Houston

Houston has a massive number of excellent hotels, with options to suit all budgets. Business travelers should try the Marriott Houston Convention Center right in the heart of town, while the Four Seasons Hotel Houston is the most luxurious accommodation option available. A bit further out of the center, Robin's Nest B&B in Montrose is a good option if you want to be near the best bars and clubs while the Hotel Derek in Uptown is the best choice for shoppers who want to be near the Houston Galleria mall.

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Shopping Streets

Houston’s major shopping mall is the Galleria, located in the Uptown area. It’s the number one place to go if you are looking for luxury brands like Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, or Jimmy Choo. River Oaks is another popular mall and features a selection of independent boutiques like Pink Slip, Chico’s, and Gymboree. Then there are markets like the Houston Fleamarket, where you never know what might be available, and there are always bargains to hunt down.

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Houston generally isn’t an expensive city as far as groceries are concerned. There are plenty of major supermarkets in tourist areas, including Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods, and El Ahorro, which sells a variety of Mexican produce. Expect to pay around $3 for a gallon of milk and $14 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Houston

Dining in Houston is one of the city’s greatest attractions, and there are few better places to enjoy a Texas BBQ or Tex-Mex cuisine. You can’t beat Gatlin’s for traditional BBQ meals, but they are closely followed by Killen’s and CorkScrew. If Tex-Mex is to your liking, head to Teotihuacan or El Real. There are excellent pizzas at Dolce Vita, wonderful French food at Artisans, and healthy vegetarian dishes at Baba Yega and Quan Yin – so everyone’s tastes should be covered.